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For the fifth consecutive year The Journal publishes statistics regarding injuries received during the celebration of the Fourth of July, with particular reference to tetanus resulting from these injuries. There were 73 tetanus cases this year, or 16 less than in 1906, 31 less than in 1905, 32 less than in 1904 and 342 less than in 1903. There has been a constant decrease since we began to publish these statistics. It is interesting, if not significant, to note the corresponding decrease in the number of injuries due to blank cartridges (see Table 5).
In the preparation of these statistics the same methods have been employed as heretofore in order that any comparisons may be drawn fairly. The list of tetanus cases is as follows:
Tetanus cases occurred in 23 different states, or in two less than last year, but in the same number of states as in 1905. Tetanus
FOURTH OF JULY INJURIES AND TETANUS.. JAMA. 1907;XLIX(8):685-687. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.25320080053002